1. Carolyn CARLSON
    How old is the ocean, 2019
    Indian ink and gouache on Arches paper
    57,5 x 76 cm

    Collection particulière
  2. Carolyn CARLSON
    The Wolf looked out, 1995
    Idian ink on Arches velum paper
    57,5 x 77 cm
  3. Carolyn CARLSON
    I must walk, 1997
    Indian ink on Arches paper
    66 x 92 cm
  4. Carolyn CARLSON
    Water is a garden of fish, 2019
    Indian ink on Arches paper
    58 x 76 cm
  5. Carolyn CARLSON
    Love is not what you want, 2016
    Indian ink and gouache on paper
    24 x 32 cm
  6. Carolyn CARLSON
    To leave this world, 2006
    Indian ink and gouache on paper
    22,5 x 32 cm
  7. Carolyn CARLSON
    Speed boat on lake, 2017
    Indian ink on paper
    20 x 40,2 cm

    Collection particulière
  8. Carolyn CARLSON
    Solo, 2003
    Indian ink on paper
    15,8 x 48,6 cm

    Collection particulière
  9. Carolyn CARLSON
    On what boat do you travel ?, 2019
    Indian ink, gouache and fabric on paper
    29 x 24 cm
  10. Carolyn CARLSON
    Terezin Camp 4.6.1942, 2019
    Indian ink, gouache and fabric on paper
  11. Carolyn CARLSON
    The angel's eyes, 2019
    Indian ink and fabric on paper
    29,5 x 22 cm
  12. Carolyn CARLSON
    I am no longer a child, 1985
    Indian ink on paper
    32 x 23,9 cm

    Collection du CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques
  13. Carolyn CARLSON
    Those whose crowns of thorn, 1985
    Indian ink on paper
    30,1 x 23,9 cm

    Collection du CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques
  14. Carolyn CARLSON
    The traveler, 1988
    Indian ink on paper
    32 x 23,9 cm

    Collection du CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques
  15. Carolyn CARLSON
    Mind is, 1995 - 2020
    Indian ink on paper
    56 x 38 cm
  16. Carolyn CARLSON
    I return the center, 1996
    Indian ink on Arches paper
    56,5 x 38,5 cm
  17. Carolyn CARLSON
    While I compose the moon, 1995 - 2020
    Indian ink on paper
    56 x 76 cm

    Collection particulière
  18. Carolyn CARLSON
    Slow heavy and blue, 1980
    Indian ink on paper
    28 x 24 cm
  19. Carolyn CARLSON
    There lies a world, 1975
    Indian ink on paper
    42 x 29,7 cm
  20. Carolyn CARLSON
    Down, 1988
    Indian ink on paper
    40 x 32 cm
  21. Carolyn CARLSON
    Sans titre, 1975
    Indian ink on paper
    24 x 32 cm
  22. Carolyn CARLSON
    Poem - John Davis, 1974
    Indian ink on paper
    24 x 32 cm
  23. Carolyn CARLSON
    Ego, 1998
    Indian ink on paper
    49 x 23 cm
  24. Carolyn CARLSON
    Falling into the universe, 2020
    Indian ink on paper
    29,7 x 42 cm
  25. Carolyn CARLSON
    I saw your beautiful eyes, 2020
    Indian ink on paper
    42 x 29,7 cm


Introduction

During her formation in New York, while dancing for Alwin Nikolais, Carolyn Carlson frequented the American avant-garde of the 1960s, such as the composers and musicians Barre Philips, John Cage and Philip Glass, or the philosopher and lighting designer John Davis, who became her companion. At that time she realized her first ink drawings, made in one breath as part of an initiation to Zen meditation. There she found a key to her work as a dancer, "the joy of making spontaneous gestures without any idea in mind, just the act of doing" (the artist's words) and from then she has never stopped to unite her dance practice with the more confidential ones of calligraphy and writing.

As a source of contemplation, but also of inspiration and poetic creation, spontaneous drawing sometimes mingles with words, quotations and poems, which are the fruit of a longer period of time, composition and reflection. Two temporalities which, by their cohabitation on paper, seem to designate the contrary and yet complementary energies which constitute for Carolyn Carlson the elements of an instinctive control of the perfection of the gesture. Here poetry escapes from language to express itself differently in space, through line (that of the body, sign or letter) and movement (of the hand, mind and heart).

Carolyn Carlson has created more than a hundred pieces, many of which constitute major works in the history of dance: Density 21.5, Blue Lady, Signes (created in collaboration with the painter Olivier Debré), Writings on Water, and Dialogue with Rothko. In 2006, her work was awarded by the first Golden Lion ever given to a choreographer by the Venice Biennale. She is also Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, and Officier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Founder of Atelier de Paris - Carolyn Carlson at the Cartoucherie in 1999, she was, with the Carolyn Carlson Company that she is directing today, an associate artist at the Théâtre National de Chaillot from 2014 to 2016.

In 2011, she donated her archives to France. Kept at the BnF they were exhibited there for the first time to the public in 2013/2014. Since then, her graphic work has been exhibited at La Piscine museum in Roubaix (2017), agnès b. in Paris (2018) and in Arles at the Chapelle du Méjan (2019).


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